Kentucky Medication Aide | BCTC

Kentucky Medication Aide

This course prepares the Medicaid Nurse Aide to administer specific medications in a long-term care facility, as delegated and supervised by a licensed nurse. Additional duties the employer may delegate are not covered in this course (KRS 314.001 and 201 KAR 20:400 Section 2).

The Kentucky Medication Aide (KMA 100) course is a 5 credit hour class offered in the Fall and Spring semesters on the Leestown and Winchester campuses of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC).


Description Cost
Course fee ($174 per credit hour) $870.00
Mandatory fee ($8.00 per credit hour) $40.00
Malpractice Insurance $11.00
State exam $50.00
Books, required nametag, uniform (estimated) $110.00
Security fee $40.00
Total ESTIMATED costs $1,121.00***

***Cost are subject to change***


KMA 100
5 credits

To Register:
The first step is to apply to the College. This can be done online at BCTC admissions or come to the One Stop Student Service Center located in Building C, Room 170 at the Leestown Campus, Records Office at the Cooper Campus or to the front desk at the Danville, Lawrenceburg, Winchester Campuses to register for the course. After applying, students will receive a letter stating that your application has been processed, return to the One Stop Center or admissions where you will be registered for the class. Students MUST register for the course prior to the start date of the section they wish to complete.

Purpose of the course
To prepare the Medicaid Nurse Aide to administer specific medications in a long- term care facility, as delegated and supervised by a licensed nurse. Additional duties the employer may delegate are not covered in this course (KRS 314.011 and 201 KAR 20:400 Section 2).

Course Description
The Kentucky Medication Administration Course will be a minimum of one hundred and five (105) contact hours. A minimum of forty (40) hour Lab/Clinical practicum supervised by the instructor or their designee in a long term care facility is required. This course is taught on Leestown Campus , is Hybrid and meets one day a week 8:30-4pm 

Student Qualifications

  1. Any one of the following:
    • High school diploma
    • G.E.D
    • Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) or comparable test and score at tenth grade level in reading and math. 
  2. Any one of the following:
    • Compass test and score a 34 or above in Math (Wonderlic 275 or above) and a 76 or above in reading (Wonderlic 265-324)
    • ACTE test and score a 16 or above
  3. A minimum of six months of work experience as a nurse aide in a health care facility within the last two years. Verification is validated by KNAT coordinator prior to first day of class to confirm student's eligibility to be in the class
  4. For those nurse aides employed in health care facilities that may be exempt from OBRA nurse aide testing and training requirements, it is recommended that they meet all qualifications of the OBRA regulations prior to enrolling in the medication aide class.

Required Background Check
The background check must be completed prior the first day of the clinical. The student is responsible for any fees associated with obtaining the background check. The clinical facility has the right to deny student clinical placement based on the results of their background check. Students not allowed to attend clinical cannot meet the requirements of the program. The following background check histories will disqualify an individual from participation in clinical rotations:

  • Felony convictions.
  • Misdemeanor convictions or felony deferred adjudications involving crimes against persons (physical assault or sexual abuse, etc). 
  • Misdemeanor convictions related to moral turpitude (prostitution, public lewdness/exposure, etc).
  • Felony deferred adjudications for the sale, possession, distribution, or transfer of narcotics or controlled substances.
  • Registered sex offenders.
  • All others the facility deems deniable.

Please Note the Following

  • The KMA 100 follows the college Academic Policy for NO Shows and 50% tuition reimbursement.
  • A student may withdraw from the course at any time prior to administration of the final comprehensive exam.
  • Students cannot withdraw after the final comprehensive exam has been administered to the class.
  • Students who do not have a final minimum score of a 70% will receive a failing grade of an E.
  • A student who withdraws any time before the final exam will receive a W on the college transcript. A grade of a W will not impact a student's overall GPA (grade point average). The instructor will not approve a grade of a W if the final comprehensive exam has been taken.
  • Students who do not show up for class and do not withdraw will receive a failing grade of an E for the class.
  • For more information, view the Withdrawal Procedures.

Contact Information

Julie Venables, ADN, RN
Kentucky Nurse Aid Test (KNAT) Coordinator
Leestown Campus
Building A, Room 253
(859) 246-6489